“Not many masons have a poem written about their work.”
Bob Drechsler was chuffed after the official opening of the limestone wall he helped build on Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge.
Local poets Max and Jacqui Merckenschlager had written odes to the landmark and the 20-million-year-old rock from which it was made, “each layered page presented here in sinuous respite”.
Even before the artistic unveiling and the artistry of the wall’s construction, Ian Zadow’s original idea had always been intended to reflect the curves of the River Murray in a creative way.
“If we’re going to do something like this, we need something connected to the city,” Mr Zadow said.
“Limestone, you’ve only got to go out onto the farms around here and there’s (a lot); we looked at bluestone from Kanmantoo to replicate the river.
“There’s more to it than just building a wall.”
Eventually the gate will stand at one end of a scenic path up to White Hill.
About 80 people attended the opening.